Exhibition / Events

“Journey in Art”

Paintings by Sueda Akkor

April 4, 2008 – April 30, 2008

University Women’s Club of Vancouver
The Gallery at Hycroft
1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
(@ Granville and 16 th)

For additional viewing times, call the Gallery at Hycroft @ (604) 731-4661



The Vancouver Turkish-Canadian Society proudly presents the documentary film night, and would like to welcome you at Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street where two documentaries will be showing.

Date: April 27th, 2008, Event Starts At: 2:15 p.m.

Admission: Donation min. $5.00


30' / Documentary
Turkish & English with English subtitles where necessary
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Dr. Bahar Çinarli with Mr. Vurgun

The film introduce the viewer to Guzelyurt, a charming Turkish village in Central Anatolia, where the filmmaker interviews local descendants of Turkish people who were forced to migrate from Thessalonica Greece, during The 1923 Population Exchange. In a series of colorful narratives, subjects in the film retrace the steps of their forefathers on their historic journey from Greece to Turkey. The film is also sympathetic to the plight of the Greeks who were forced to leave Guzelyurt, a Turkish village that remains, to this day, home to spectacular Christian-Orthodox churches and other historic structures.

For the historian, the film compassionately explores the historic facts behind The 1923 Turkish-Greek Population Exchange and the human struggle for home and identity that it created. Shot in Turkey, it is fascinating to watch for the modern traveler, for its beautiful scenery and images, and the authentic and sympathetic characters that it introduces.
Throughout traditional Turkish music enriches this documentarian delight. This film is requested and catalogued by many North American Libraries.

SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Bahar Cinarli

BREAK: Lovely Turkish food will be served along with the samples of Turkish, Greek & Jewish music.




64' / Documentary / English

At a time when millions were murdered before the eyes of an indifferent world, there were some men, and at times, some governments, who chose to act - not for praise, not for glory, but in the name of simple human decency. In doing so, they dispelled the myths that people were powerless to resist the Nazis.

Desperate Hours tells the stories of those precious few who, in the face of utter darkness, never lost their sight. In telling these little known stories from WWII, the film documents this moment in time, when groups of Muslims, Jews and Christians all worked together to save lives.

"Desperate Hours" is a documentary film about Turkey's efforts to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. It reveals how Turkish diplomats put their lives at risk to save Jews being shipped to concentration camps. As Germany began excluding Jews from university and professional positions, Turkey welcomed them. This experience was similar to the earlier Ottoman acceptance of the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.

In researching the film, Barrett interviewed historians, diplomats, clergy and survivors in the United States, Turkey, Italy and Israel. Michael Berenbaum, director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Ethics at the University of Judaism, Los Angeles, served as the film's executive producer, writer and historian.

"Desperate Hours" was recently named "best documentary" at the 2003 D.C. Independent Film Festival. The Washington Jewish Week film review described the film as "well written" with an "uplifting message of decency."